Vagrant Queries: Ethical and Activist Considerations of the Technological Artwork

David Cecchetto
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Using 'vagrancy' as a stylistic trope, this presentation draws on the work of diverse scholars to explore the theoretical concepts and implications of the technological artwork as a political entity. Using a shared understanding of art, technology, culture, and politics as being reciprocally generative of one another, the presentation explores a critical framework through which we may view artworks in general as (de)mobilizing various and particular technological paradigms, allowing us to view the embedded and invisible assumptions of a work in the context of its cultural ramifications.

Keywords: Art and Technology, Power, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Art and Politics
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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David Cecchetto

Ph.D candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies
Visual Arts and English (Cultural, Social, and Political Thought), University of Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

David Cecchetto's artistic and scholarly life has spanned a variety of forms and media (including a collection of conflated idioms at, often exploring incongruence and strangeness as tactics towards identifying and exploiting assumed notions of universality, privilege, and knowledge. David holds the degree of Master of Music (Composition) from the University of Victoria, where he is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Visual Arts and English (Cultural, Social, and Political Thought).

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